Leading specialist magazine printer Pensord has been doing its bit for charity for the past three years, and has raised an impressive £18,000 for its adopted charity, the Hospice of the Valleys – donating a proportion of profits; donating £1 each time a quotation is raised for a printing project; and through staff fundraising efforts.
Pensord set up a charity fund three years ago, and put together a team of staff to administer activities and come up with ideas. This Charity Team then adopted the local Hospice as beneficiary of the fund, which received a great boost when it was given Charitable Trust status by the Charities Commission.
Pensord Finance Director Graham Lambert, the Charity Team Secretary said: “Soon after we had the MBO at Pensord, we were looking to ‘put something back’ and consulted staff and the Charities Commission to investigate how best to do this. Not only does it provide help for a very worthwhile local cause, but it helps us all to grow as people, and gives staff some fun along the way. People here feel part of two organisations – the company and the separate Charitable Trust – which binds together our commercial and social objectives and activities.”
The company’s first major sponsored event, ‘Walk the Walk for the Hospice’ raised almost £6,000 and was a great success, helped by the generous contributions of customers. Pensord staff and their families are now in training for another walk planned for April.
Andrew Richards, Chief Executive of the Hospice of the Valleys said: “The support of Pensord and the money raised for us will be a great help in providing the level of specialist care we provide here. Everyone at the Hospice, staff, patients and friends would like to thank all at Pensord for the magnificent support shown to us since you chose us as your charity”.
Graham Lambert again: “Anyone looking to help the company’s fundraising efforts can call Pensord on 01495 223 721 for a quote. £1 goes to charity, and you don’t pay a penny!”